Composing Truth to Power: Britten, Shostakovich and Prokofiev in the War Years
Tuesday, May 13, 2014
Britten, Prokofiev and Shostakovich embody one of the most colorful and accessible threads in mid-20th century music. Each used his music – both on concert stages and in tandem with emerging media such as radio and film – to connect swiftly with worldwide audiences and to engage young ears with the powers of classical composition. This populist approach to writing music drew on their belief in art’s power to enliven the spirit of any listener, even in dark periods of history, and at a time when many contemporaries were pioneering more densely complex forms of composition. The Chicago Symphony is celebrating this important current in classical music from the last century with a three-week festival. Join us as CSO artistic programming advisor Gerard McBurney presents a talk and Q&A on these composers’ music, inspirations, outlooks, and lasting influence.
Please note the location of this event:
The Poetry Foundation
61 W. Superior St., Chicago